In an effort to make my little human beings nice, big human beings, I have decided to institute a monthly giveback program in our house. We are not church goers or belong to any organized group, but I am firm believer in giving to the community and charities. It is very easy to get caught up in our own lives and on the latest gadget or gift we need that we forget how great we got it. So, I’m consciously trying to fix this.
So, for our first month, October, the kids are donating some of their Halloween candy to our troops. This idea was presented prior to Halloween and of course the kids met this idea with mixed emotions. They want to help our troops, but they don’t want to give away “the good stuff” as they say. So our first month is already met with a few challenges. But, hey, what’s life without challenges?
Fast forward to Halloween night….my little goblins gained plastic pumpkins full of treats. Once we made it back home they went on to do the all important ritual — sorting of the candy.
After the candy was correctly categorized in piles: chocolate, chips, money and “sucky things, ” I asked the question, what are you going to give to the troops?
With surprisingly little hesitation, my daughter began creating a pile of chocolate and hard candy. Wow, I am feeling pretty proud right now. That was a lot easier than I thought. My five year old was a little less quick to offer it up, but he too, added to the pile.
When it was all said and done, we ended up with this mound on the carpet.
That night, as I put my 8 year old daughter to bed, she was excited at the thought of the troops receiving her candy. She even asked if they would write to tell us what they liked most. I tried to explain they are a little busy right now and we probably won’t be hear back, but know that they are lovin’ their treats!
Over the course of the next few days, we (really me), added a few more pieces to the pile and dropped it off at a local drop off. All in all, I would say this was OPERATION: SUCCESSFUL MONTH 1
If you are interested in donating items to the troops, you can find out more information at the Operation Gratitude Blog. Donating candy not your thing? No problem, there are lots of ways to give back.